Sunday, 30 August 2009

The name 'Benji'

Feeling the loss of Fr Benji, I certainly affirm what Fr Noel has to say of him: The very name 'Benji' has become a legend. All those who met him at least for once in their lifetime, will never forget that name. Calling up people and informing them that 'Benji' is no more made me realise that there was nobody - literally nobody - who asked me "Which Benji?" Everyone who met him, just knew him well.

Added to that his profound love for Christ and his Priesthood, his passion for Don Bosco and everything Salesian (often bordering fanaticism!), his filial attachment to Mary Help of Christians, his trust in St Joseph, his daring leadership abilities, his eloquence and sharp knowledge of facts and above all, his knack at striking a personal rapport with all who meet him have made of him a man who long ago crossed the borders of mortality.

Though departed from this world you will continue to live in our hearts! Do keep aflame in us that passion which guided your life, which inspired so many and challenged us all to greater things than just the here and now. Thank you!! You mean a lot to us!!

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